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My First Marathon

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This is a few years old, when I decided to run a marathon. If you zoom in you can see the notes from my kids that I stapled to my shirt. You might be able to make out what is written. Something along the lines of, you are a freaking nutter, but we love you, dad.

I am 200 metres from the finish line at this point and am beyond exhausted. Finishing was an emotional wallop, is all I can say, as I wolfed down bananas and protein bars, tears not far off. (the smell of bananas was a beacon of hope that the finish line was not far off)

I ran another marathon the following year, but had a slower time because I focused on enjoying the run (and the amazing vistas) and chatting with my fellow sufferers. I strongly urge you to exercise if you can, even if it is just a humble walk (and I love to those too). It is a form of meditation for me and has a way of putting things into place.

Next week is our fabled Sun Run which is a much saner 10K – I am bringing my teen son, as we have for the last 5 years to the run. Hope for sun – we’ve had a streak of sun for the past ten years on Sun Run day! Regardless, we will be there!


I am a Sansei, with two teens, and a hamster. This blog is a repository for ideas and observations, expressed in cartoon form, by and large. A bit of a journal too. Feel free to follow me on INSTAGRAM @ WILTOONS, (the Twitter for people who like to go out) where I post a journal comic. Thanks for dropping by! The pic is of me and my boy Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. (not really a fan but he wanted his pic with me) © Wilton Sugiyama and Wiltoons, 2009 to 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Wilton Sugiyama and Wiltoons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. So there.

7 thoughts on “My First Marathon

  1. Thanks! Whatever weather will be perfect. Hot is the worst, though, but in April, little chance of that!

  2. Hope you have a great run Wilt.
    Cycling is my exercise thing (weird how it works. Balance on my own size 10 feet = rubbish, balance sitting on 8kg of assorted metals and plastics with just two half inch tyre contacts on the ground at a time = perfect) and can vouch for the rewards that come from it, both the meditative during, and the feeling euphorically knackered afterwards.

    1. Love hearing that! The rewards are immense. Almost every run is a great one. Love bike riding too and is something my son and I love to do when hes not holed up in his bedroom like a discontented squirrel.

      1. We have literally just come back from a little 20k spin around the block after some minor fettling of my teenage boy’s bike. He’s a lot quicker up the hills than me currently (this will change as my training year progresses). I pointed out – after he was rested, triumphantly, at the top of a nice local climb that I struggled up in my current condition – that he has half my weight and a third of my years. He still laughed, but I probably did that to my Dad once too.

  3. Thank you Anne. I love running and will run as long my legs will allow me to! Walking is a close second.

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